Christmas tips for autograph collectors

Posted November 30th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized

charlie brown stampsChristmas is a time for miracles.

Do whatever you can to get those envelopes opened.

Those holiday commemorative stamps are great. After all, Charlie Brown played baseball, too!

Find address labels with holiday symbols. Choose red or green envelopes. Get noticed.

Want some more inspiration? Here’s a fun tale from the archives of Christmas giving from a well-known baseball name.

 

Pitcher Ken Johnson gone at age 82

Posted November 23rd, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Ken Johnson, www.Baseball-Almanac.com, www.sportscollectors.net
Besides a rare example of a non-personalized autograph, Johnson's Baseball Almanac page is filled with gems you won't find anywhere else. Bookmark the Almanac, and visit before you send your next player letter!

Besides a rare example of a non-personalized autograph, Johnson’s Baseball Almanac page is filled with gems you won’t find anywhere else. Bookmark the Almanac, and visit before you send your next player letter!

Pitcher Ken Johnson died on Nov. 21 at age 82.

I was intrigued by Johnson’s obituary. Baseball was a huge part of his life. So was his religion. I’d guess that someone who combined both passions in one letter might have hit the jackpot.

Johnson’s TTM responses listed on the amazing www.sportscollectors.net showed a spiffy 93 percent success rate. His signing stopped in 2014, when Mrs. Johnson started writing collectors that Ken’s Parkinson’s disease made writing impossible.

A few collectors grumbled through the years that Johnson’s insistence on personalizing autographs was done to make the signatures harder to sell online. 

Maybe. Or, he read every letter and wanted to thank everyone who wrote? He was answering questions for collectors. I think he cared about who wrote.

 

2016 Baseball Address List pre-ordering!

Posted November 19th, 2015 by Tom Owens and filed in Harvey Meiselman
The note says, esstentially, "After 20 years of signing for FREE, I will no longer sign for free." An autograph broker has intervened. Again.

The note says, esstentially, “After 20 years of signing for FREE, I will no longer sign for free.” An autograph broker has intervened. Again.

Harvey Meiselman is back!

He’s taking advance orders for his 2016 Baseball Address List. The  $40 postpaid pricetag is a bargain investment for any collector or researcher. 

Here’s one extra bit of motivation Harvey has added.

The new edition will contain a growing list of 250-plus baseball names requesting fees/donations for replies.

What do I glean from the “pay for replies” list? The clock is ticking, folks. Each year, more retirees may shut down their availability to us. Write to them NOW.